Holding Refugees Hostage at Legal Aid Ontario

Slaw guest blogger Sean Rehaag says that, faced with budgetary pressures across all their programs, senior managers at LAO have decided that holding refugees hostage is their best bet.

Posted:
June 20, 2017
Article source:
Slaw

Liberals' citizenship bill to proceed with some Senate amendments

Bill C-6 is designed to repeal many of the previous Conservative government's changes to how people become citizens — and how they can lose that status.

Posted:
June 13, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

'Justice delayed is justice denied': Fewer than half of refugee claims being heard on time

In the first four months of this year, only 44 per cent of refugee claims were heard on time. In 2016, an average of about 52 per cent made it to the board on time.

Posted:
June 09, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Canada’s privacy czar raises flag over planned U.S. border password searches

Canadian privacy could be imperilled by apparent U.S. plans to demand cellphone and social media passwords from foreign visitors, a federal watchdog says.

Posted:
May 30, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Refugees 'in the crosshairs' as Legal Aid Ontario battles for government funding, advocates warn

Legal Aid Ontario says it has no choice but to slash refugee services — but many say cuts could be 'devastating'.

Posted:
May 25, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Register for upcoming webinar: Immigration Status and Relationship Breakdown: What Women Should Know

Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM E.S.T.

Register for this webinar at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ap63no6lizd&eom

Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM E.S.T. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series discusses the different types of immigration status for non-citizen women in Canada and how status may be affected by their partner and the breakdown of their relationship. It explains the April 2017 changes in immigration law, specifically the removal of conditional permanent residence for sponsored spouses/partners and what this means for women who want to leave an abusive relationship. The webinar will also discuss legal options and tips for staying safe. METRAC's Program Lawyer, Silmy Abdullah, will co-present with Immigration lawyer, Caitlin Maxwell of Equity Legal and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Register today at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ap63no6lizd&eom

Posted:
May 23, 2017
Article source:
METRAC

Court hearing landmark challenge to indefinite immigration detention

The court will have to decide whether or not continued detention under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act violates Section 7 and Section 9 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Posted:
May 16, 2017
Article source:
CTV News

Federal Court strikes down key provisions of Citizenship Act

The decision limits the immigration minister's power to revoke citizenship.

Posted:
May 10, 2017
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Roma say they're being barred from flights to Canada

The federal government denies it's behind the problems faced by Roma travellers, saying it's up to airlines to decide who boards flights to Canada.

Posted:
May 08, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Refugee board creates guidelines for deciding LGBTQ claims

The guidelines are meant to help decision-makers at the Immigration and Refugee Board with claims based on sexual orientation, which are hard to verify and validate.

Posted:
May 05, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star